A Constellation of Vital Phenomena - January 22, 2015

Join us for a discussion of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena on Thursday, January 22, 2015, 7 p.m.
Featuring the author Anthony Marra and Russian journalist and Nieman Fellow Irina Gordienko

Sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program.

New York Times and Washington Post bestseller and a National Book Awards Longlist Selection novel

Synopsis: Two doctors risk everything to save the life of a hunted child in this majestic debut about love, loss, and the unexpected ties that bind us together. Havaa, eight years old, hides in the woods of rural Chechnya and watches the blaze until her neighbor, Akhmed, discovers her sitting in the snow. Akhmed knows getting involved means risking his life, and there is no safe place to hide a child in a village where informers will do anything for a loaf of bread, but for reasons of his own, he sneaks her through the forest to the one place he thinks she might be safe: an abandoned hospital where the sole remaining doctor, Sonja Rabina, treats the wounded.

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